LESSON 18.2: SPECIAL TAKEOUT DOUBLES

a)

Dealer: South

South

7
A J 10 5
J 8 5
Q J 10 6 3

South

West

North

East

Pass
?

1
 

Pass
 

1
 

Double (9-12 HCP   2- ) 1 round

A takeout double made by a passed hand shows 9-12 HCP and less than two cards in right-hand opponent's suit

b)

Dealer: South

South

7
K Q 10
J 8 5
A Q J 10 6 3

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

Pass
 

1
 

Double (13-15 HCP   6+ ) 1 round

When made by an unsupported opener, a takeout double shows a minimum hand with a five-card major (5-3-3-2) or a six-card or more minor (3-3-6-1)

c)

Dealer: West

North

A 4
10 2
K 8 5
A K Q 10 6 3

South

West

North

East

 
1

1
Pass

Double
?

Pass
 

2 (16-18 HCP   6/7+ ) 1 round

When followed with a rebid in a new suit, a takeout double shows 16-18 HCP (19-21 when followed with a jump in a new suit)

d)

Dealer: South

North

7
A J 10 5 4
J 8
A J 10 6 3

South

West

North

East

Pass

1

?

 

1 (8-15 HCP   4/5+ ) inviting

With a minimum two-suiter hand (5-5), an overcall is preferable

to a takeout double

e)

Dealer: West

North

J 9 7
A J
Q 9 4 2
A J 10 6

South

West

North

East

 

1

?

 

Pass or 1 NT

Over an opponent's major opening, avoid doubling for takeout without holding at least four cards in the other major; with a stopper in the opponents' major, a 1NT overcall is preferable with as few as 13 HCP

f)

Dealer: West

North

J 9
A 8 7 3
Q 9 4
A J 10 6

South

West

North

East

 

1

?

 

Pass

A takeout double over an opponent's 1 opening requires more than a minimum hand because partner will be forced to respond at the two level (especially when partner is a passed hand)

g)

Dealer: South

South

K Q 7 2
A J 10 5
5
Q J 10 6

South

West

North

East

Pass
?

1
 

Pass
 

1NT
 

Take-out double (9-12 HCP   2- ) 1 round

A double over an opponent's first response in notrump is always for takeout

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